To my Mentor: And on that note!

Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

It’s ironic, when you first learned that the perpetrator had lied to me you said, “This guy is good!”

Typically I catch things like that. My intuition kicked in quickly and I wasn’t excited about accepting the position. When I wasn’t excited about accepting the position he accused me of being, “scary good” at what I do.

That’s the pattern. He projected all of his serious character flaws and deep emotional problems on me. And, he believes himself!

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To my Mentor: You see in others what is true of yourself! (language warning)

Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

The perpetrator saw someone who was, “manipulative…gross, full of shit” and, “immature.”

He also saw someone who was, “Willing to say or do anything to anyone to and hurt them to get what (I) want.”

You saw someone who is, “special and can create.”

You see in others what is true of yourself!

To my Mentor: Seven Years Ago Today, Merry Christmas!

Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

Seven years ago today I missed my plan to visit my family for the Holidays. That was okay because I had several Jewish friends and a Bahia one. It was a great Christmas. We had Chinese food and went dancing at a Goth club. My friend referenced it on Face Book today, but I digress. You had a Christmas party that year. I showed up as the last guest left. That was the year after you sold your firm.

Now, when you sold that firm I knew that it was a mistake. I tried to talk you out of it. But, you are as stubborn as I am! It was literally impossible. While you were teaching me management you used to say about me, “I’m doing something different with The Cobra.”

Cobra was your nickname for me. You would continue, “It’s because The Cora is special like me. The Cobra can create like me.”

That evening I asked you how much money you had made in the preceding year because I knew that you would be proud of your income. You told me and you were. You had doubled or quadrupled it.

Then I asked you if you were happy because I knew that you weren’t. You said, “It’s not the same. I’m not creating anymore.”

Won’t you please consider practicing again?

Merry Christmas,

The Cobra Snake

To my Mentor: The Troops are Getting Fired Up!

Be Excited

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Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

I was chatting with someone who is enthusiastic about my plan earlier today. Obviously, I can’t say who but she is a reputable member of the community. She said something along the lines of, “get those” people!

Naturally, I’m paraphrasing.

I’m excited about my project.

I suppose that a normal person would be afraid.

But, I’m excited!

To my Mentor: I want to tell you a secret! (language warning)

Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

There is something *fucking* wrong with most of those people! Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone that I said that! 😀

To my Mentor: OMFG, how funny!

Quick preface: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

I saw one of my childhood BFF’s in person for the first time in ten years yesterday! Since I’m writing Manage and Speak I remember a lot of detail about our initial interaction. I told her that you didn’t hire me your manager did and that he warned me that you, “Could be a little scary at first but that most of your employees like you once they get to know you.”

Now I know that this is keeping control through leadership, but I digress. Anyway she immediately said, “You probably just considered that a challenge.”

I laughed and affirmed her statement. I added, “We had a stare down the second or third time that I saw him. When I didn’t back down he laughed. Then he made rules that no one manage me in a traditional fashion and that I report directly to him.”

I thought that it was cool that she would anticipate that! I’m so happy to be back in contact with her! I missed her terribly!

To my Mentor: FYI!

Obviously it’s intuitive to you that I have a laundry list of goals. Naturally you are aware that I wouldn’t be stupid enough to try to meet seven too ten goals at once. I reduced the list to, “Tell the truth clearly and effectively.”

Naturally I will keep my commitments as an activist. As you know, I wouldn’t sell this opportunity for any price!

Quick note to readers: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

 

To my Mentor: Oh my F’ing head hurts! (language warning)

Hey, what’s up? Deal hope, handle concerns and lead by example. Then, defer to celebrity and professional endorsements. Assuming, of course, that I’m lucky enough to get celebrity endorsements. The latter is Kotler’s instruction. That and target laws and behaviors, duah! Oh, don’t run out of money is also an instruction. Well, you don’t say! 😀

This is a lot of work. My *fucking* head hurts, good night!

Quick note to readers: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

 

To my Mentor: BTW; I’m sorry that this has taken so F’ing long! (language warning)

You know, when I sent those outlandish e-mails you called me. I said, “I will fix it.” By “it” I meant the damage to my reputation. You didn’t bother saying that it was impossible you just said, “Leave me out of it.” *Ahem*, you put yourself in it with the vigilante stunt that you pulled, but I digress.

Obviously, you knew that I could influence group dynamics as heavily as I felt like at any time. What took so fucking long was getting the nightmares and flashbacks to go away as well as making sure that I could hold up in the press.

Here is the bottom line it isn’t just my opinion that it’s a companies responsibility to handle sexual harassment when they have reasonable knowledge, its law.

Every last fucking one of those e-mails counts as reasonable knowledge!

Those people are completely fucked!

Quick note to readers: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.

 

And, I’ll put this into perspective!

Alright, at that point in time, I had only been to the hospital on one occasion as an adult. What had happened was that I was writing a paper on King Lear for and a cat bit my eye.

But even then, I drove my own car!

As you know, I don’t get frightened easily!

Quick note to readers: “Workplace Issues” is a work of creative nonfiction based on my true story of being bullied. It’s told in a series of open letters.